Chapter 2 -- An emerging conceptualization of epistemological beliefs and their role in learning
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Schommer-Aikins, Marlene. 2019. Chapter 2 -- An emerging conceptualization of epistemological beliefs and their role in learning. In: Garner, R. (Ed.), Alexander, P. (Ed.). (1995). Beliefs About Text and Instruction With Text. New York: Routledge, https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203812068
This chapter introduces an emerging theory of individuals’ beliefs about the nature of knowledge and learning, or epistemological beliefs. It reviews research that tests aspects of this theory and highlights the critical role of epistemological beliefs in learning. An important issue to address is the development and modification of epistemological beliefs. Whether children are born with an “epistemological scheme” is unclear. In 1984 at the presidential address for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Richard C. Anderson stated that: It stands to reason that beliefs about knowledge that a child develops will be influenced by those of his parents.
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